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Walter Reginald WILLSON

Regimental number235
Place of birthKangaroo Island South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressAmerica Beach, Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, Charles Danford Willson, America Beach, Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Enlistment date27 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name27th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 31 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal RollAnzac Provost Corps
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Medals

Military Medal

'This N.C.O. was in charge of this Straggler and Traffic Post duty at BIRR Cross Roads - MENIN Road from the 20th September 1917. He was on continuous duty for 72 hours and frequently under heavy shell fire. On one occasion when a motor lorry was hit at the cross roads he collected a party and under very heavy shell fire managed to clear the road at once, thereby preventing what would otherwise have been a serious congestion of traffic at a most crucial point of the MENIN Road.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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